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Assembly Acts to Protect Tenants and Strengthen New York’s Rent Laws

The State Assembly took an important step on Monday to protect tenants’ rights and extend and reform New York State’s rent laws. We passed comprehensive legislation by a vote of 92-54 that encompasses many of the measures championed by the Assembly...

State Budget Includes Major Health Reforms

The new state budget enacted this week includes major cuts to a broad range of vital programs in health, education, human services, and almost every area of public services. However, it is about as good as could be done, considering the financial, political,...

Protecting Transgender Rights: “GENDA” Moves Closer to Assembly Floor Vote

The bill to protect transgender people under the State Human Rights Law was reported by the Assembly Committee on Government Operations on Tuesday, March 8. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), is now in the Assembly Committee on Codes,...

Richard Daines, Former New York State Health Commissioner: A Great Loss for New York

The sudden death of Dr. Richard Daines is a shock and a tragic loss. Commissioner Daines was an exceptional leader and one of the finest Health Commissioners New York has ever had. He was creative, thoughtful, courageous, and passionately committed to...

New HIV Policies Become Law

New laws to promote HIV testing and safe disposal of syringes were signed by Governor Paterson on Friday. Both bills were sponsored by Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senate Health Committee chair Thomas K. Duane. The HIV...

18 Gottfried Bills Passed Legislature This Session

While many issues were stalled in the legislative process, Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried of Manhattan, who chairs the Health Committee and is the longest-serving member of the Assembly, has had 22 of his bills pass the Assembly and Senate in the...

End-of-Life Counseling Bill Signed by Governor

Physicians treating patients diagnosed with a terminal illness or condition will be required to offer the patient information about options for end-of-life care including hospice, aggressive pain management, palliative sedation, and other palliative care,...

Protection for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Victims forced into prostitution and sex trafficking would be offered a second chance at life under a bill that was signed into law by Governor Paterson. The bill, sponsored by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried and State Senator Thomas K. Duane, goes...

Midwife Reform Bill Signed into Law

Licensed professional midwives will be able to practice independently under a bill signed into law by Governor David Paterson. “This is an important step forward for women’s health,” said Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried,...

Governor Signs Illegal Hotels Bill

Tenants and tourists in New York City will be protected by a new law that makes it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly...

Organ Donation Online Registration Bill Signed Into Law

Enrolling in New York’s organ donor registry will now be much easier under a bill signed into law by Governor David Paterson, his office announced today. The Electronic Signature Act, written by Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried...

Illegal Hotels Bill Passes Legislature

Tenants and tourists in New York City would be protected by a new law that will make it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City. The bill (S.6873/A.10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and...

HIV Testing Bill Passes Legislature

HIV testing in New York would be expanded under a bill passed by the Assembly on Wednesday by a vote of 91-0. “This is a tremendous victory for patients, their families, and all New Yorkers,” said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair...

Health Profession Leaders Endorse Anti-Torture Bill

Hospital Closure Protection Bill Advances Through Assembly Health Committee

When a hospital proposes to close, communities often feel they have no voice in the decision. To help include communities in the process, the Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday approved the Hospital Closure Planning Act, sponsored by Assembly Member...

Organ Donation Bill Unanimously Passes Assembly; Trans-Fat Ban Reported by Assembly Health Committee

Enrolling in New York’s organ donor registry would be much easier under a bill that passed the Assembly unanimously on Monday, April 26. The bill would allow potential donors to register online, instead of downloading a form and mailing it in. The...

Family Health Care Decisions Act Signed into Law

Each year, about 75,000 people die in a New York hospital without a health care proxy and lacking the ability to make their own health care decisions. Today, Governor Paterson signed the Family Health Care Decisions Act into law, enabling a patient’s...

Protection of Transgender Rights: “GENDA” Passes Assembly

The bill to protect transgender people under the State Human Rights Law was approved by the Assembly today by a vote of 91-40, with bi-partisan support. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is now in the State Senate Investigations and...

Health Reform and Facility Standards Top Assembly Health Committee’s Passing of 13 Bills

Patient's Rights Bill Advances through Assembly Health Committee